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Axes, Saws and Tomahawks / Re: Cutting tools you normally carry ?
« Last post by Keith H on Today at 02:11:25 PM »

Tomahawk, hunting knife, friction clasp knife, & a legging knife.
Bushlore and Outdoor Skills / Re: TRUCKER'S HITCH (REVISITED)
« Last post by Old Philosopher on Today at 01:12:36 PM »
I use this double wrap trick in other ways, also.
Right now I'm processing fruit into wine. I have multiple straining bags hanging over buckets, some of which weigh as much as 15 pounds. I hang them from eye hooks in the rafters.  The height needs to be variable, so I take a double wrap around the eye hook which holds the weight of the bag better than pinching while I tie a slippery half hitch to secure it.

Leatherman (Don't use the clip blade much; carry for other tools)
Folding razor knife (single blade, about 2" long, about 1/2 oz)
Kershaw Blackout folder


EDC + Bowie and folding pruning saw on belt


EDC + Bowie + 5 1/2" blade Winchester sheath knife and T-handled game saw in pack (replaces pruning saw, with multiple uses).

Like Moe, most firewood in this area for 1 or 2 day over-nighter is easily gathered and processed with the Bowie.
I don't eat squirrel or rabbit either, but they do make awesome dog food.
   We have a healthy population of turkey and squirrels on the 17 acres.  Coon hunters occasionally chase their dogs to our land.  That is a time honored traditional hunt up there.  I think there's a family of fox in the blackberry patch.  We're surrounded by National Forest.  So yeah, primo hunting.

    It's not that FL doesn't have good hunting;  I think it's more I grew up hunting on our private land.  Spoiled.

    Then there's the meat.  Kelly will eat deer, bear sausage,  and oddly rattlesnake (?!?!?) but makes a face at any wild game taste.  She will NOT eat tree rats, cute little bunnies, or that "nasty" dark meat of wild turkey.  So I kill paper Zombies and Terrorists nowadays.

     Oh.  I have plans for the NC range next summer (Or maybe as soon as Thanksgiving) .  Gongs and a dueling post.  That looks like fun.
General Discussion / Re: old bones for knive scales
« Last post by Punty on Today at 10:10:42 AM »
punty that sounds cool,
one thing i'm finding that working with bone
it is very difficult to drill pin holes and not splinter the bone.
did that the other day on some deer leg bone.
wonder if that's why most folks use the antler instead.

  I would use some kind of masonry bit. Grind a hole rather than cut it.
Bushlore and Outdoor Skills / Re: TRUCKER'S HITCH (REVISITED)
« Last post by madmax on Today at 08:48:15 AM »
I got it now.  I will use this one a lot with boats.
Bushlore and Outdoor Skills / Re: TRUCKER'S HITCH (REVISITED)
« Last post by wolfy on Today at 08:33:40 AM »
 :rofl: :cheers:  That explains a lot right there, Tony.....but maybe I was too 'wordy' in my description when I was trying to explain how simple it really is, too.  Another way of explaining it in simpler terms might help convey the mechanics of what I was trying to pass on. :P

How 'bout this?   Instead of just passing the bitter end through the tensioning loop ONCE, and then pulling the knot one COMPLETE FULL TURN through the tensioning loop and THEN pull the knot tight.  That simple move locks in all the tension you've applied to the line without losing even a millimeter of tension. :shocked:     While that move DOES lock the tension, I wouldn't trust it entirely without a final slippery half-hitch for added security and peace of mind. 

I'll see if I can find a video, too.....if one exists. :coffee:
I used to love small game hunting in IL when I was young.  I don't go nearly as much here in FL.

  Max, I'm not familiar enough with the game or laws in FL. to comment, but I'll bet there are some great opportunities for small game hunting at your place in the Carolina's. 
Axes, Saws and Tomahawks / Re: Cutting tools you normally carry ?
« Last post by Moe M. on Today at 08:22:41 AM »
  I'm pretty fortunate in that my area of the country the woods aren't all that thick so not much trail clearing is needed, clear water and decent firewood is plentiful, there's allot of small standing dead wood that's easily processed by hand,  there's allot of mixed hardwood and pine in most areas so squaw wood for getting a fire going is pretty easy,
I use my folding saw for cutting down and bucking up wrist size or under standing dead hardwood,  then split it down further with my hawk if I have it or baton it down with my belt knife if it's all I have.
  The saw also comes in handy if a fire ban is in force,  usually small wood or twig stoves are permitted and the saw does quick work of bucking up 3" pieces for my stove,  actually my folding saw and hawk take care of most all of my wood processing chores,  the couple of knives that I carry usually only do food prep or whittling duty, and occasionally process fish or small game.
  As an aside, we often when asked what our most important survival tool is (besides experience and skills),  most of the time our answer is a good knife, for me it would be a toss up between a good knife and a good hawk or small hatchet,  actually there isn't much that a knife can do that you can't do with a hawk or hatchet, I'd probably if given the choice go with the hawk because the handle is removable and the hawk head can be used like a knife or scraper,  and if broken, the handle can be easily replaced with any like sized green tree branch.
  Probably not worth mentioning but something to think about, I never think of my cutting tools as defensive weapons,  mostly because there are very few reported instances of people or animal attacks in our areas woodlands,  outside of the rare rabid small animal or black bear there's not much in our area that one should fear being harmed by,  I'm sure there are a few cannabis patches here and there but they usually belong to some local pot head growing it for his own use and not some criminal enterprise that needs to be protected at any cost or with violence,  but I do carry a handgun or a long gun if a hunting opportunity might present itself in season,  just in case, it allows me to stay a reasonable distance away from any potential threat,  my comfort zone is further back than what is needed to wield a knife or hatchet against an aggressor, thank you too much. 
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